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Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014

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Australian weather bureau still sees 50 pct chance of El Nino developing

Reuters | Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014

El Nino affects wind patterns and can trigger both floods and drought in different parts of the globe, hitting crops and food supply.

SYDNEY - Some parts of the Pacific Ocean warmed over the past month but surface temperatures were neutral, keeping the probability of an El Nino weather pattern developing over the next few months at 50 per cent, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.

The weather event could be a "possibility" towards the end of the year if these warmer waters rise to the surface and then impact atmospheric circulation, or if another sustained westerly wind burst develops in the western Pacific, the BOM said.

However, even if the El Nino should arise, the likelihood is that the weather event would be a weak one, the weather bureau said on Tuesday.

El Nino - a warming of sea temperatures in the Pacific - affects wind patterns and can trigger both floods and drought in different parts of the globe, hitting crops and food supply.

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